1. The reader pool for the Ultimate Theme Park Tournament is now open. Just send us the names of the four attractions that you think will be the semi-finalists in the tournament, the name of the attraction that you think will win the whole thing, and, as a tie-breaker, the percentage that you think the winning attraction will get in the final. The winner of the "pool" will get $100. (Okay, I guess you can't technically call this a pool, since I'm putting up all the money. But, hey, whatever.)
Theme Park Insider's Ultimate Theme Park Tournament will begin on Monday, as the top 64 rides in the country (as rated by Theme Park Insider readers) square off in a single-elimination tournament. The attraction that gets the highest percentage in each head-to-head reader vote moves on to the next round. The finals will be here in the front page Blog Flume on Monday, April 7. Deadline to enter the pool is 11:59 pm (Los Angeles time) Monday, March 17.
Now... I know what you are thinking. How can I pick the semi-finalists if I don't know the bracket? Well, that makes the contest more interesting, doesn't it? ;-) Just go with what you think TPI readers would pick as the top four attractions, based on whatever you think the site readers' collective bias is. http://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/pool.cfm
2. We have a new system in place for our Theme Park Insider E-mail Newsletter. If you currently subscribe to the newsletter, you don't need to do anything to keep getting it. (But you will probably notice the new format).
If you would like to subscribe, and get the latest in theme park news from the site, including updates on each day's matchups in the tournament, please follow the sign-up link.
Update: One more thing - due to the tournament, the Vote of the Week is taking a break for a few weeks. Look for it to return on Friday, April 11.
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